Associate Director, Translational Development

Summit, NJ
Oct 14, 2017
Administration, General
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Other Locations:US- NJ- Summit West

Translational Development at Celgene - Celgene Corporation, headquartered in Summit, New Jersey, is an integrated global biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapies for the treatment of cancer and inflammatory diseases.  At Celgene, we seek to deliver truly innovative and life-changing drugs for our patients. Investigational compounds are being studied for patients with hematological and solid tumor cancers, including multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), chronic lymphocyte leukemia (CLL), non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), pancreatic cancer and lung cancer.  

Translational Development is a department within the Research and Development organization that facilitates the transition of drug candidates from drug discovery through early- and late-stage clinical development. Early-stage translational development activities enable rational determination of dose-schedule and responsive patient populations, based on deep understanding of drug mechanism of action. Late-stage translational development activities build upon the early work, additionally exploring mechanisms of resistance, rational drug combinations and product differentiation. The late-stage translational development function is responsible for the development of translational strategies to support the development, and maximize the potential, of Celgene therapies post-clinical proof-of-concept, including registrations and life-cycle management.


Reporting to Senior Director, Translational Development & Diagnostics, the candidate will be part of the late stage lymphoma/CLL translational group based in Summit, NJ. The Associate Director role is a highly integrated role and  will be responsible for developing, implementing and executing translational research strategies to support drug development programs in the disease areas of lymphoma/CLL while engaging and learning from counterpart activities in Multiple Myeloma and Myeloid disease groups. This individual will act as the translational lead on development teams, responsible for biomarker studies and analysis of patient data.  The successful candidate will effectively interact with global project teams, clinical research physicians, clinical statisticians, computational biologists, contract research organizations, academic experts, and internal translational research scientists to deliver science that supports the development and access of medicines to patients in need.  

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following: ·

  • Member of cross-functional late-stage global project team, responsible for leading development and implementation of asset-specific translational strategies (e.g. mechanisms of drug efficacy, mechanisms of resistance, rational combinations, new indications, patient segmentations, and product differentiation) ·

  • Develop research plans aligned with strategy    

  • Responsible for the development and delivery of biomarker components of Celgene clinical trials, including protocol development, translational plans, and study conduct (assay development and implementation, ownership of quantity and quality of biosamples) ·

  • Analyzes biomarkers for Celgene clinical studies by working with relevant functions and CROs; responsible for creating SOWs and interfacing with CRO for execution of services Evaluates CROs for assay and data analysis capabilities Develops const


Requirements & Education:

  • PhD in life sciences or medical sciences, and a minimum of 10 years of biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry experience, with 5 years in clinical development.

  • Candidate must be a rigorous scientist with a track record of effective collaboration, influential communication, and clear impact in drug development.

  • Must be a motivated, results-oriented self-starter, who enjoys learning and working in a fast-paced, dynamic team environment.

Skills / Knowledge Required •

  • Broad understanding of drug discovery and development, especially late stage development

  • Knowledge of lymphoma and CLL or related hematological malignancies •

  • Experience (5 years) in clinical development in an industry setting is a must, ideally with experience supporting NDAs •

  • Knowledge of clinical biomarker discovery, development and analysis,   including drug mechanism research, assay development/validation, and   state-of-the-art genetic analysis platforms •

  • Knowledge of GLP, assay validation methodologies, and regulations that  apply to clinical laboratory studies that support regulatory submissions is  desirable •

  • Comprehensive knowledge of tumor cell biology, including genomics; experience with myeloid malignancies, thallasemias and/or myelofibrosis a   plus •

  • Proven scientific/leadership expertise (working in teams, mentoring people,  managing projects) • Strong publication record •

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills •

  • Keep management abreast of current scientific thinking •

  • Accurate and detailed record keeping •

  • Role model for scientific excellence. •

  • Independent, scientifically-directed, and innovative thinking.  •

  • Subject matter expert and functional group advisor on science, technology,  methods, etc.

  • Excellent organizational skills •

  • Ability to manage scientific collaborations and contracted research •

  • Effective team teamwork and collaboration skills •

  • Detail-oriented, with the ability to identify and implement creative solutions •

  • Ability to prioritize and manage time efficiently •

  • Familiar with industry trends and competitors position.